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Associate in Science

What is an Associate in Science (AS)?

The AS degree provides students with the opportunity to complete the first two years of a baccalaureate degree.

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog (new window). You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

Focus Areas

BCTC students who pursue the Associate in Science program are permitted to select a Focus Area within a specific field of study. These focus areas permit students to earn the AA degree while concentrating their courses around an academic discipline. Students should discuss potential focus areas with their assigned academic advisor.

Description

Students have two options in earning an AA, AS, or AFA degree. They may decide on a degree in general pre-baccalaureate studies, which allows a wide choice of courses and an opportunity to explore many subject areas, or they may decide on a Focus Area, which allows them to explore one field of study in more depth. A Focus Area is not a major or a minor but is a concentration of related courses. 

The Allied Health focus area exposes students to pre-requisite courses in the health careers and prepares students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in an allied health or health science degree.

Choose at least nine hours from:
ANA 209 Principles of Human Anatomy 3
BIO 137 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 139 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 150 Principles of Biology I 3
BIO 151 Principles of Biology Laboratory I 2
BIO 152 Principles of Biology II 3
BIO 153 Principles of Biology Laboratory II 2
BIO 209 Introductory Microbiology Laboratory 2
BIO 225 Medical Microbiology 4
BIO 226 Principles of Microbiology 3
CHE 170 General College Chemistry I 4
CHE 175 General College Chemistry Laboratory I 1
CHE 180 General College Chemistry II 4
CHE 185 General College Chemistry Laboratory II 1
PGY 206 Elementary Physiology 3
PHY 201 College Physics I 4
PHY 202 College Physics I Laboratory 1
PHY 203 College Physics II 4
PHY 204 College Physics II Laboratory 1
Choose twelve (12) hours from the following:
CLA 131 Medical Terminology from Greek and Latin 3
MAT 170 Brief Calculus with Applications 3
MAT 175 Calculus I 5
PSY 223 Developmental Psychology 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
STA 200 Statistics: A Force in Human Judgment 3
STA 291 Statistical Methods and Motivations 3

Note: Students may not use both ANA 209/PGY 206 and BIO 137/BIO 139 to complete the Allied Health focus area.

The classes listed in the Chemistry Focus Area are standard pre-major/major requirements for Chemistry at most four-year institutions.

 
CHE 170 General College Chemistry I 4
CHE 175 General College Chemistry Laboratory I 1
CHE 180 General College Chemistry II 4
CHE185 General College Chemistry Laboratory II 1
CHE 270 Organic Chemistry I 3
Choose one from the following:
CHE 275  Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
CHE 280 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHE 285 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 2
MAT 175 Calculus I 5
MAT 185 Calculus II 5

PHY 231

General University Physics I

4

 

AND

 

PHY 241

General University Physics I Laboratory

1

PHY 232 

General University Physics II

4

 

AND

 

PHY 242

General University Physics II Laboratory

1

 

The focus area in Computer Science prepares students for entry-level programming positions as well as transfer to local four-year computer science programs.

 
CHE 170  General University Chemistry I 4
PHY 231 General University Physics I 4
PHY 241 General University Physics I Laboratory 1
MAT 175 Calculus I 5
MAT 185 Calculus II 5
CS115 Introduction to Computer Programming 3
CS 215 Introduction to Program Design, Abstraction, and Problem Solving 4
CS 216 Introduction to Software Engineering 3
CS 275 Discrete Mathematics 4

Informatics is a broad academic field of study in the design, development, storage, retrieval, analysis, and management of information. Its roots lie in computer science and database administration while its applications are multidisciplinary. The focus area will prepare students to transfer to a BS/BA program to continue studies in informatics or one of its specializations.

 
CIT 105  Introduction to Computers  3
CIT 120  Computational Thinking

3

   OR  
CIT 111 Computer Hardware or Software 

4

INF 120 Elementary Programming

3

   OR  

CIT 149

Java I

 

3

INF 282

Introduction to Databases

3

 

 OR  

CIT 170

Database Design Fundamentals

3

INF 260

Object Oriented Programming I

3

   OR  

CIT 249

 

Java II

 

3

 

INF 286

Introduction to Web Development

3

   OR  
CIT 150 Internet Technologies 3
   OR  

CIT 155 

Web Page Development

3

  Elective course 

3

 

The Natural Science focus area exposes students to several topics in the natural sciences and prepares students pursuing a baccalaureate degree.

Choose 21 credit hours from :
BIO 150  Principles of Biology I 3
BIO 151 Principles of Biology Laboratory I 2
BIO 152 Principles of Biology II 3
BIO 153 Principles of Biology Laboratory II 2
CHE 170 General College Chemistry I 4
CHE 175 General College Chemistry Laboratory I 1
CHE 180 General College Chemistry II 4
CHE 185 General College Chemistry Laboratory II 1
CHE 270 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHE 280 Organic Chemistry II 3
MAT 170 Brief Calculus with Applications 3
MAT 175 Calculus I 5
PHY 201 College Physics I 4
PHY 202 College Physics I Laboratory 1
PHY 203 College Physics II 4
PHY 204 College Physics II Laboratory  1
PHY 231 General University Physics  4
PHY 241 General University Physics I Laboratory  1
PHY 232 General University Physics II  4
PHY 242 General University Physics II Laboratory 1

The Pre-Engineering focus area prepares students for transfer into engineering programs at most four-year institutions.

 
MAT 175  Calculus I  5
MAT 185 Calculus II 5
MAT 275 Calculus III 4
PHY 231 General University Physics I 4
PHY 241 General University Physics I Laboratory 1
CHE 170 General University Chemistry I 4
  OR  
PHY 232 General University Physics II 4

The proposed focus area will prepare students for an entry-level position in the local video game design industry, and will also allow students to earn an AA/AS for transfer to a four-year college offering a Bachelor’s degree in video game design.

 
IMD 124 Intro to Game Development 3
IMD 221 Computer Graphics 3
IMD 222 3D Modeling 3
IMD 223 3D Animation 3
IMD 273 Game Production 3

 

 

Academic Pathways

AS students who plan to transfer to a four-year university may select an Academic Pathway to identify the program or field that the student wishes to pursue upon transfer. Selecting an Academic Pathway enables students to be assigned an academic advisor with expertise in the student's transfer area. To update an Academic pathway, students may submit a Program Change Form to the Records Office.

Subject Student group Student group description
Art/Art History/Fine Art PART Art/Art History/Fine Art
Communications PCOM Communications
Criminal Justice PCRJ Criminal Justice
English PENG English
History PHIS History
Journalism PJOU Journalism
Languages PLAN Languages
Music PMUS Music
Philosophy PPHI Philosophy
Political Science PPOL Political Science
Psychology PPSY Psychology
Religion PREL Religion
Sociology PSOC Sociology
Social Work PSWK Social Work
Theater PTHE Theater
Art Education PAED Art Education
Pre-school Education PPED Preschool Education
Elementary Education PEED Elementary Education
High School Education PHED High School Education
Music Education PMUE Music Education
Middle School Education PMSE Middle School Education
Physical Education/Coaching PPEC Physical Education/Coaching
Special Education PSED Special Education
Education General PGED® Education General
General, SBS PSBS Social Behavior Science
General, HUM PHUM Humanities
Subject Student group Student group description
Agriculture/Horticulture PAGR Agriculture/Horticulture
Animal Science/ Pre-Vet/ Zoology PZOO Animal Science/ Pre-Vet/ Zoology
Architecture PARC Architecture
Biology/Botany PBIO Biology/Botany
Chemistry PCHE Chemistry
Exercise Physiology PEXP Exercise Physiology
Economics PECO Economics
Forestry PFOR Forestry
Geology/Earth Science PGEO Geology/Earth Science
Information Technology/CIS PIT Information Technology/CIS
Mathematics PMAT Mathematics
Nursing PNSG Nursing
Nutrition PNUT Nutrition
Physics/Astronomy PPHY Physics/Astronomy
Pre-Dental PDEN Pre-Dental
Pre-Engineering PETE Pre-Engineering
Pre-Medicine PMED Pre-Medicine
Pre-Pharmacy PPHA Pre-Pharmacy
Pre-Physical Therapy PPTH Pre-Physical Therapy
Radiography PRAD Radiography
Business Administration PBA Business Administration
Management PMGT Management
Accounting PACC Accounting
Office Systems POS Office Systems
General, ALH PALH Allied Health
General, BUS PBUS Business
General ENTC PENT Engineering Technology
General, LNS PLNS Life/Natural Science

Transfer Center

The BCTC Transfer Center provides assistance to students transferring from BCTC to a four-year university.

The Transfer Center maintains information on transfer programs/pathways (suggested BCTC course work) to specific baccalaureate degree programs for many of the state universities and other schools having transfer agreements with BCTC. If you are planning to further your education beyond an associate degree, you should work closely with your Advisor and the Transfer Center to insure that the courses you take will work towards your chosen 4-year degree.

Area Contacts and Websites

BCTC Program Contact

Tammy Liles
Cooper Campus, OB 234K
(859) 246-6449
tammy.liles@kctcs.edu

Norm Strobel
Newtown Campus, SEC 205K
(859) 246-6456
norman.strobel@kctcs.edu

Additional Information

BCTC Program Contact

Vicki Partin
Assistant Dean Of Allied Health
Leestown, M Building, Room 105
(859) 246-6414
vicki.partin@kctcs.edu

Program Website

Additional Information

BCTC Program Contact

Tammy Liles
Cooper Campus, OB 234K
(859) 246-6445
tammy.liles@kctcs.edu

Norm Strobel
Newtown Campus, SEC 205K
(859) 246-6456
norman.strobel@kctcs.edu

Additional Information

BCTC Program Contact

Tom Rogers
Cooper Campus, MB 233
(859) 246-6543
tom.rogers@kctcs.edu

Program Website

Additional Information

UK Transfer Information

EKU Transfer Information

NKU Transfer Information

Websites

BCTC Program Contact

Rebecca McCane
Newtown Campus, SEC 205I
(859) 246-6442
becky.mccane@kctcs.edu

Program Website

Additional Information

BCTC Program Contact

Virginia Fairchild
Newtown Campus, NCB 311N
(859) 246-6265
virginia.fairchild@kctcs.edu

Program Website

Additional Information

BCTC Program Contact

Tracy Knowles
Newtown Campus, 205G
(859) 246-6460
tracy.knowles@kctcs.edu

Program Website

Additional Information

BCTC Program Contact

Robert Chirwa
Newtown Campus, NCB 213L
(859) 246-6298
robert.chirwa@kctcs.edu

Additional Information

UK Transfer Information

EKU Transfer Information

NKU Transfer Information

Websites

BCTC Program Contact

Mark Bell
Newtown Campus, NCB 311A
(859) 246-6263
mark.bell@kctcs.edu

Additional Information

BCTC Program Contact

Val Zeps
Newtown Campus, 205J
(859) 246-6450
val.zeps@kctcs.edu

Additional Information

BCTC Program Contact

Val Zeps
Newtown Campus, 205J
(859) 246-6450
val.zeps@kctcs.edu

Additional Information

BCTC Program Contact

Val Zeps
Newtown Campus, 205J
(859) 246-6450
val.zeps@kctcs.edu

Additional Information

BCTC Program Contact

Jennifer Pevley
Danville Campus, 111-J
(859) 246-6872
jennifer.pevley@kctcs.edu

Program Website

Additional Information

BCTC Program Contact

Connie Lamb
connie.lamb@kctcs.edu
(859) 246-6792

Program Website

Additional Information

UK Transfer Information

EKU Transfer Information

Websites

BCTC Program Contact

Val Zeps
Newtown Campus, 205J
(859) 246-6450
val.zeps@kctcs.edu

Additional Information

BCTC Program Contact

Marilyn Akins
Newtown Campus, SEC 205J
(859) 246-6242
marilyn.akins@kctcs.edu

Program Website

Additional Information

BCTC Program Contact

Brent Eldridge
Newtown Campus, SEC 205Q
(859) 246-6462
brent.eldridge@kctcs.edu

Additional Information

BCTC Program Contact

Val Zeps
Newtown Campus, 205J
(859) 246-6450
val.zeps@kctcs.edu

Additional Information

BCTC Focus Area
AS Focus Area, Pre-Engineering: 
MAT 175, MAT 185, MA 213, PHY 231, PHY 241, and CHE 170 or PHY 232

BCTC Program Contact

Brent Eldridge
Newtown Campus, SEC 205Q
(859) 246-6462
brent.eldridge@kctcs.edu

Additional Information

BCTC Program Contact

Brent Eldridge
Newtown Campus, SEC 205Q
(859) 246-6462
brent.eldridge@kctcs.edu

Additional Information

BCTC Program Contact

Scott Davis
Newtown Campus, SEC 205N
(859) 246-6586
scott.davis@kctcs.edu

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